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Mauto
by Kuda D Gutu
Young Adult Fiction

Mauto takes place in Alkebulan a land rich in culture, history, raw materials and technological advancement. It is made out of seven kingdoms each with a unique tribe. All seven tribes have different totems that represent their tribes as well as provide them with immense power.

With the death of the Pharaoh, Queen Amanirena is to be crowned the new Pharaoh of Kush. Once crowned she will inherit the power of the phoenix totem which is the most powerful of all seven totems. Amanirena must unite all seven tribes of Alkebulan before the northern kingdoms invades, kills and enslaves her people and steal their totems.

Prince Mauto of the Katanga tribe possesses the power of the lion totem and is the chief strategist and advisor to mambo (king) Mutota. Both Amanirena and Mauto have important roles to play in uniting and protecting Alkebulan.

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 Excerpt:

It is often narrated that in the time of the second Pharaoh, who was known as Khufu, the power of the totem reigned great. The tribe was under attack by the mystical creatures who reigned where Kush currently dwells. But the Kushites were determined to stay due to the promise the location held. They were not ones to cower at the sight of danger, and neither were their Pharaohs. They promised in the name of all the gods to chase the creatures to the end of the earth. Thus, the battle line started.

The Pharaoh before Khufu had done his best and kept the creatures at bay, but not entirely away. They would often come to drag away children and older feeble adults— people who they are sure would not be able to struggle against them so much. As soon as the news of the death of the Pharaoh got to them, the tribe mobilized in considerable numbers to come to take back the Kingdom that belonged to them.

Khufu, the new Pharaoh, had envisaged that their enemies would want to use the momentary gap in leadership against them, and thus, he had taken the time to seek the face of the gods and prepare in advance. He promised the gods that if he were given victory over the mystical creatures, he would build the most beautiful temple ever seen for the gods. The rumours of the mystical creatures had long reached the tribe, and the people ran helter-skelter, all trying to seek refuge.

Khufu mobilized his army and marched towards the centre of the town where the mystical creatures gathered. There was a vast mountain in the middle of the town where the creatures stayed. Arrows shot at Khufu and his army below. It was an intense battle, but Khufu had a game-changer. As the battle heightened and got fierce, Khufu called upon the gods in the language of his ancestors mwari ndipeyiwo simba as he tapped into the totem of the phoenix and commanded to lift the mountain. Everything stood still as everyone marvelled at what was going on. The power of the gods that Khufu was using made the creatures stay glued to the mountain. The mountain started to spin very fast as the creatures shrieked in high pitch volume.

Their voices could be heard from the far end of the towns. And by the time the spinning finally stopped, Khufu slapped the ground with great force and uttered incantations mwari ndipeyiwo simba.

Immediately, the mountain fell into the ground with great force. It was as though a hole was dug to swallow the mountain. What made it even more frightening was the fact that the sides of the mountain were still protruding above the earth while the earth covered the middle completely with no trace whatsoever.

The Kushites loudly rejoiced when they heard the news of what had happened to their long-term terrors. The remainder of the mystical creatures fled the Kingdom, never to be seen or heard from again. They didn’t want the fate of the others to befall them as well. Khufu decided to make the spot of the war into a monument to always remind the people of the power they have over terror. It was that spot that later became the Takatifu. Over the years, the place became more prominent, and as different Pharaohs came and left, they all developed it until it became the edifice it is today.


About the Author:

Kuda D Gutu is the author of Afropolitan State of Mind. He grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe where traditional story telling was a way to pass down history and life lessons. Stories of ghosts, animals, mermaids and magic sparked his imagination, and interest for writing stories and educating people about different African cultures and history.

He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is currently working on the Mauto trilogy.

Website / Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @kudadgutu

Spotlight & Giveaway: Culture Ignited: 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership

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Culture Ignited: 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership

by Jason Richmond with Jeanne Kerr and Malcolm J. Nicholl
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  124 pages
Publisher:  Ideal Outcomes
Release date:   October, 2021
Content Rating:  G.

 

Book Description:

The 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership Every Executive Must Know

Corporate leaders need to be prepared for any crisis and have a plan in place to act quickly, decisively, and empathetically. In Culture Ignited: 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership, culture change strategist Jason Richmond and coauthors Jeanne Kerr and Malcolm J. Nicholl reveal how companies whose leaders ignite their culture are able to weather any storm and get ahead of the competition.

Based on hands-on experience helping senior corporate executives navigate the turbulence of the 2020-2021 pandemic, the authors distill their findings into five key disciplines.

They share how to:

  • Inspire and communicate a shared purpose
  • Build trust and authenticity
  • Hone your performance management skills
  • Develop your talent
  • Create belonging through diversity and inclusion.

The authors also explore how a crisis can be turned into
opportunity and how to lead an organization in overcoming challenges
never taught in business school.

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Jason Richmond is an authoritative culture change strategist whose work over the past twenty-plus years has helped companies build strong, sustained revenue growth by empowering their employees and developing energizing office cultures. As President/CEO and Chief Culture Officer for Ideal Outcomes, Inc., he has worked closely with established Fortune 100 companies to create Leadership Development Journeys, and he has guided numerous start-ups on the path to become noted industry leaders. He has also provided thought leadership and innovative consulting services to a wide range of midsize companies. 

Jeanne Kerr is the Director of Organizational Development and Culture Consulting for Ideal Outcomes, Inc. She also has been a Senior Faculty Partner with the Human Capital Institute since 2012. With over twenty years of organizational development and talent management strategy in a variety of industries, her expertise includes culture strategy, strategic workforce planning, leadership development, team building, and assessment solutions.

Malcolm J. Nicholl is a former award-winning international journalist whose career includes a two-year stint as Belfast Bureau Chief for London’s Daily Mirror. He has authored or coauthored seven books published in nine languages by international giants such as Random House, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Ballantine Books, and St. Martin’s Press and ghostwritten more than thirty books.

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Book Blitz: Druidry and the Beast, by Cornelia Amiri

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Druidry and the Beast

The Series Collection

by Cornelia Amiri

Historical Fantasy Romance, Celtic Romance

Published: June 2020

Five hot, shapeshifter gods and five passionate druidesses save the tribes of Ancient Britain.

Can these couples overcome the surmountable odds of a romance between mortals and immortals being anything more than a Celtic fire festival tryst? As the wheel of the year, flaming like searing desire both on Earth and the Otherworld, turns with the seasons from:

Samhain with God Gwydion, a wolf shapeshifter, and druidess Seren, as the sensual magic brewing between them could be destroyed by a warning of danger from beyond the grave

Beltane with God Dewey, a dragon shapeshifter, and druidess Nona, dealing with whatever evil the jealous chief might unleash on them

The Winter Solstice with God Artaois, a bear shapeshifter, and Druidess Bronwen, fighting to save her tribe from starvation

The Summer Solstice with Epon, a unicorn shapeshifter and druidess Maelona, as he battles the Romans to save her tribe

Lughnasa with God Lleu, a lynx shapeshifter and Druidess Wendolen as he tries to overcome the Romans and she tries to overcome her tribes’ mistrust of Lleu.

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About the Author

Cornelia Amiri was introduced through books, to the woman who became her favorite historical character, Boudica. The Celtic Warrior Queen motivated her to write professionally. Cornelia loves history and in reading a book about the dark ages, she came across the rebel queen. She inspired her so much, Cornelia started jotting down notes, but they were fiction, visions of her involvement in the Boudica revolt. Before she knew it, Cornelia had accidentally written a rough draft for a novel. And she’s been writing books ever since. She currently has over 40 published books, mainly in the Sci-fi Fantasy Romance genre.

When not writing, she loves to read, watch movies, and attend local comic cons. Cornelia is currently working on a sci-fi comedy romance series with a Celtic goddess as the heroine. The title is Rare Finds and it’s available in serries format, one episode at a time on Kindle Vella.

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